Boris Malagurski

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Boris Malagurski
Boris Malagurski Raindance.jpg
Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
Born (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 26)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Residence Serbia
Education B.F.A. Film Production[1]
University of British Columbia
Occupation Filmmaker, television host, activist
Years active 2005–present

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, television host and activist.[2]

Background

Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[3]

Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005 where he remained until 2011, when he returned to Serbia.[4] Since then, Malagurski identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[5] While in Canada, Malagurski attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production.[1] Malagurski made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. Excerpts from the film were shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.[6]

According to the Malagurski Cinema website, Malagurski has been a columnist with Kišobran (lit. Umbrella), a Serbian language monthly newspaper published in Vancouver.

Career

In 2009, Malagurski released Kosovo: Can You Imagine?, a documentary film about the plight of Serb communities living in Kosovo at that time. Former Canadian general Lewis MacKenzie, former Canadian diplomat James Byron Bissett, former UNMIK officer John Hawthorne and economist Michel Chossudovsky are interviewed in the film.

In 2010, he released The Weight of Chains, his documentary film analyzing the role that the United States, NATO and the European Union allegedly played in the breakup of Yugoslavia, featuring interviews with individuals appearing in his previous film and others including John Bosnitch, Vlade Divac, Branislav Lečić, Veran Matić, John Perkins. The film was shown in cinemas[7][8][9][10][11] and at the festivals listed below, also on RT[12] and Eurochannel TV networks.[13]

Malagurski co-directed The Presumption of Justice in 2012,[2] a documentary dealing with the September 2009 death of Brice Taton, a fan of Toulouse FC, and alleged inconsistencies in the subsequent court case in Serbia.

Boris Malagurski interviewing Novak Djokovic for Belgrade

Malagurski's next film Belgrade, (also known as Belgrade with Boris Malagurski), a documentary about Belgrade, the capital of Serbia had its world premiere on 19 October 2013 at Sava Centar in Belgrade[14] and was aired on Radio Television Serbia on 20 October 2014.[15]

Since 2012, Malagurski has been producing The Weight of Chains 2[16] and the film was released in 2014 as a part of the Serbian Film Festival at Montecasino in Johannesburg, South Africa,[17] featuring interviews with Branimir Brstina, Noam Chomsky, Carla Del Ponte, Mlađan Dinkić, Vuk Jeremić, Ivo Josipović, Slavko Kulić, Miroslav Lazanski, Michael Parenti, Michael Ruppert, Oliver Stone, R. James Woolsey and others.[16][18][19]

From 2013 to 2015,[20] Malagurski hosted "Revolution", a weekly TV show on Happy TV. The show, featured documentary segments and interviews with state officials, foreign and local experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia.[21][22]

Reception

The Serbian newspaper Politika described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore",[2] though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year.[23] The description was taken up by many other media outlets.[24]

Controversies

Message Board Controversy

In September 2012, Boris Malagurski and Ivana Rajović (co-director), filed a criminal investigation request at Belgrade public prosecutor's office against 12 members of the internet message board Parapsihopatologija for alleged "organized threats to their life and personal and professional safety", made after the premiere of The Presumption of Justice. Three of the 12 were charged and found guilty in March 2014 at the trial court in Belgrade, each was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for 3 years of probation.[25][26] Malagurski's actions and the court's decisions were both criticised by two journalists.[25][26] Malagurski replied in a response published by Vreme in March 2014[27] and NSPM in April 2014.[28]

Kostić Allegations

In January 2013, Malagurski interviewed Vesna Kostić of the World Bank office in Belgrade for his show Revolution on Serbia's Happy TV. After the interview was broadcast, Kostić wrote a letter of complaint to the Association of Journalists of Serbia, arguing that Malagurski "forged" a conversation. According to Kostić, Malagurski "pasted" the answer to one question, into the response to a different question, which Kostić said was a violation of the code of journalistic ethics.[29]

Malagurski reacted by claiming on his Facebook page, that he "didn't forge anything", but that Ms. Kostic either "forgot how she answered the questions" or had "bad intentions". He also offered to show Vesna Kostić the unedited interview to prove he was right.[30]

Activism

Malagurski has written articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought.[31][32][33] In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film The Weight of Chains at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[34] which he said was a show of support for the Serbs fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[35]

In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the Radio Television Serbia building, that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film The Weight of Chains on Serbia's public broadcaster.[36] In front of 200 protesters, Malagurski said that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, had told him that despite positive reviews, The Weight of Chains couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already been aired on Happy TV, Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown, which he corroborated with documents from Happy TV.[37] Malagurski also claimed that "Serbia is the only country in the region and in almost all of Europe, where The Weight of Chains has not been shown by the national public broadcaster".[38]

Malagurski has given speeches about Balkan political issues, specifically on the future status of Kosovo.[39] These include student and public forums at the University of Belgrade and elsewhere.[40][41]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2005 The Canada Project Yes No No
2005 Vreme Je Yes Yes Yes
2009 Kosovo: Can You Imagine? Yes No Yes
2011 The Weight of Chains Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Presumption of Justice Yes Yes Yes Co-directed with Ivana Rajović
2013 Belgrade Yes Yes Yes
2014 The Weight of Chains 2 Yes Yes Yes Released on November 20, 2014[42]
Television
Year Title Director Host Notes
2013 Revolucija (Season 1) Yes Yes 20 episodes from January to June
Revolucija (Season 2) Yes Yes 16 episodes from September to December
2014 Revolucija (Season 3) Yes Yes 12 episodes from January to present

Festival screenings

Awards

  • 2009, Silver Palm Award (one of 14 films awarded in the Student Film category) for Kosovo: Can You Imagine? at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009, Rosarito, Mexico.[51][52]

References

  1. ^ a b "2010 Program p.70 - UBC Film Production congratulates 3rd-yr BFA students on their 'Persistence of Vision Student' Film Festival". 
  2. ^ a b c Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  3. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  4. ^ "2005. godine Boris je emigrirao u Kanadu " Subotica.com
  5. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  6. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  7. ^ The Weight of Chains Tickets, Piccadilly Cinema, WA
  8. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - ADELAIDE Tickets, ALACE NOVA CINEMA, SA
  9. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - Cinema NOVA, VIC
  10. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - SYDNEY Tickets, Chauvel Cinema, NSW
  11. ^ Težina lanaca u domaćim bioskopima B92
  12. ^ The Weight of Chains on RT
  13. ^ The Weight of Chains on Eurochannel
  14. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013, Radio Television Serbia, 2013.
  15. ^ Beograd, domaći film RTS.rs
  16. ^ a b Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  17. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino
  18. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 About
  19. ^ Malagurski: Uz puno truda bolje sutra može da se ostvari Večernje novosti
  20. ^ Revolucija cancelled
  21. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV Story.rs
  22. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  23. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  24. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  25. ^ a b A parody of justice
  26. ^ a b Lagumi foruma i sudski epilozi
  27. ^ "Worrying support". Vreme. April 3, 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  28. ^ Polemike | Akademski huligani - kako "građanska Srbija" poziva na linč Boris Malagurski, NSPM.rs
  29. ^ "Letter of the World Bank Office in Serbia to UNS". Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Boris Malagurski replies to Vesna Kostic on his Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  31. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  32. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  33. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  34. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
  35. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  36. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  37. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  38. ^ "Protest ispred zgrade RTS - Internet Archive". pravda.rs. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  39. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" Forum at the Assoc. of Students of Univ. of Belgrade Law Faculty
  40. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
  41. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  42. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino Hotel, Johannesburg
  43. ^ Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  44. ^ Težina lanaca: Kritika uloge NATO, EU i SAD i raspadu SFRJ BELDOCS 2011
  45. ^ Festival of documentary film at Novi Sad Cultural Centre 021.rs
  46. ^ The Weight of Chains in Novi Sad Radio Television Vojvodina
  47. ^ "BELDOCS" on a tour throughout Serbia B92.net
  48. ^ [1] Raindance Balkan Cinema Strand 2011
  49. ^ [2] MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
  50. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  51. ^ "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  52. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009

External links

Official websites
Print media interviews
Films